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Polish chairman says UN climate talks call for higher effort

Dec. 12, 2018 5:55 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Polish government official serving as president of a U.N. climate summit said Wednesday the international talks have entered a "critical phase" and require dedication from all involved if they are to end in success. Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka said ministers from...

UN chief calls for compromise, sacrifice at climate talks

Dec. 12, 2018 5:36 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general called on countries to make compromises in tackling global warming, amid concern that the U.N. conference on the issue could end without a substantial agreement. In his second dramatic appeal at the talks in Poland in the space of 10 days,...

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

Dec. 12, 2018 5:24 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal. He also urged the...

The Latest: Ex-VP Gore thinks Trump may help climate cause

Dec. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says he thinks President Donald Trump's stance on global warming may actually advance the cause of tackling climate change. Gore has spent years raising awareness...

The Latest: Russian envoy knocks UN policy on Iran

Dec. 12, 2018 3:10 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Russia's U.N. ambassador says "Iran is ready for a dialogue," but the United States and other Security Council members appear to be more interested in further...

Yemen's warring sides said to agree on prisoner swap

Dec. 11, 2018 4:48 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Both sides in Yemen's civil war agreed Tuesday to exchange more than 15,000 prisoners by Jan. 20, a member of the rebel delegation said, in what could be the first major breakthrough in the 4-year-old conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more facing hunger....

The Latest: German minister stresses future for coal workers

Dec. 11, 2018 3:41 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany's environment minister says it's crucial to offer mining industry workers other options for a transition from coal to energy sources that don't contribute to global warming to succeed. Svenja Schulze...

UN: 20 million Yemenis are hungry, 250,000 face catastrophe

Dec. 10, 2018 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Twenty million people in war-torn Yemen are hungry — a staggering 70 percent of the population and a 15 percent increase from last year — and for the first time 250,000 are facing "catastrophe," the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday. Mark Lowcock, who recently returned...

The Latest: Red Cross: Migrant policy mustn't add suffering

Dec. 10, 2018 2:45 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local): 8:40 p.m. A top humanitarian leader admits governments have a right to set migration policy, but insist they shouldn't increase suffering or play into a recent trend toward the "criminalization of compassion."...

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

Dec. 10, 2018 2:18 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind, has...